Found January 13, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
The playoff debut of the Houston Texans - the first playoff game in football-starved Houston in more than a decade - was a runaway success. And as per the norm, it was a total team effort, with playmakers on offense and defense combining to swamp the Cincinnati Bengals in the game's second half. Now, though, comes another first: their first road playoff game against the ferocious Baltimore Ravens.  TJ Yates earned his first playoff win in only his sixth career NFL start. Can he keep his team's improbable run going against the rookie-eating Baltimore Ravens? We turned back to friend of TGS, Patrick D Starr of State Of The Texans, for the answers. TGS: Firstly, congratulations on winning your franchise's first playoff game. Has anyone come down from that high yet?   PDS: Luckily I was at the game and a part of history for this young franchise. 10 years is a long time, especially when the direction of the team's personnel had to be rebuilt. It was unreal and w...

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